It takes a lot of awareness to bring real change. Around, 6 months ago, a man took this task to aware people about India’s unwell rivers. He conducted 5,778-mile long journey to send the message about how much we need to protect our rivers.
India’s waterways are not in perfect condition and it created quite a buzz in recent months. Media has been decently vocal about it. Ganga, the holy Indian River which is also one of the most sacred rivers in the world has been labelled as the dirtiest. The rivers across the country have become the home of city wastes, sewage, and dead bodies.
This arises another leading problem, which is water scarcity and hygiene.
This also gave birth to various organizations. Sadhguru’s Isha foundation is one of them. Sadhguru is the popular name of Jaggi Vasudev, who is an Indian yogi mystic. Isha Foundation is a spiritual operation which was started in the year 1992. The foundation has worked intermittently in a variety of ways to save Indian rivers. Likewise, in the year, 2017, he wanted to draw attention to the uneven state of highly polluted rivers.
This led to a nationwide campaign to save and revitalize the waterways in the country.
It was a month-long mission which was named as Rally for Rivers. The mission was to range 16 states and uphold 146 public events in the country. Many supporters joined Sadhguru in this mission of traversing across the states and creating an awareness. They also managed to gather bipartisan assist from various media houses, governments and organizations.
This originated a support flock of around 160 million people, who voiced the concern for India’s fluvial sources.
After a long journey, this holy endeavour climaxed on October 2, 2017. In New Delhi, he officially urged for a revitalization policy. This was proposed to Prime Minister and Ministry of Environment.
This whole campaign was pictured as a model for a global ecological movement. Because the campaign received huge international support, Sadhguru gave a speech at the United Nations on March 22.
The organization also proposed a proposal to plant trees. This tree trail is supposed to cover two-third part of the rover stretches across India. Sadhguru emphasizes on the plantation of trees, so that, more rainfall fills the groundwater supplies. Also, plant roots help in curbing the issue of soil-erosion.
The project came up with the simplest solution to deal with river pollution. However, the blueprint comes with some checkpoints. It says that these newly planted trees will take a long time to bring the real benefits. Also, the tree buffer is not a legitimate solution for sand mining, dams and deforestation issues. Also, it would not help the pollution which seeps directly into the rivers.
Sandra Patel (Director of the Global Water Policy Project) mentioned that “The dilution can help because you can have less concentrated pollution”.
Why India Has the Hard time Cleaning Ganga?
Di Sturco has been observing Ganga river water for past 10 years. Often, he sees devotees taking bath in Ganga water. When he asks them about the dirty water, they believe that “the dirt sinks to the bottom of the river and brings up purified water”.
He mentioned that “The water looked like oil, and it was going directly into the Ganges”. He also mentioned that “They still believe that the Ganges has this kind of power to clean itself.”
They also discuss that; soon these rivers should be given the status of personhood. This will be applied to enhance the river protection so that anyone who damages the rivers can be legally assaulted with a crime like murder.
However, Supreme Court has not declared this notion as sustainable, but this is a common way to protect the polluted rivers.
Di Sturco also mentioned that “There is this awareness that is coming out. But, where cleaning up the river is concerned, I think they need to be really fast. The Ganges is really dying really fast”.